An unchanging God in a world of change

We live in a drastically changing world. Just ask your grandparents and they will be able to share the vast changes that have occurred in the last 50 years. Change is constant and it is continual. Technology has seen some of the most dramatic changes in our world to date. A look at the ever changing ‘world of politics’ should prove that change is afoot. What about fashion? It has and continues to constantly change. Change is here to stay. As a result of dramatic changes in population, a national census is taken every few years in many countries because of changes numerically, ethnically, geographically and economically.

People all around the world are constantly changing! Their habits and interests are changing. There is a growing isolation in our society today. People are more comfortable on their computers and cell phones, communicating on social media platforms, but not at all comfortable with “flesh and blood relationships”. People are content to have 'church' on their own in their living room with the God TV channel. Many people do not even know the names of their neighbours. The attitudes of people have changed and continue to do so.  People, generally, do not want to become involved in anything other than their own immediate interests. Just look at the state of volunteering here in New Zealand. Many charities around our nation are struggling to get people to volunteer and help with meeting the needs of others, ask our very own Margaret in regard to High 5!

We ourselves as individuals are constantly changing! We are either growing or shrinking; either advancing or marking time; we are either progressing or losing ground; getting either stronger or weaker; moving closer to God or further away from Him. Change is always around us and working within us.  Some changes are good and welcomed, but others simply are not.

The most wonderful truth though, for us as Christians in this continually changing world, is that our God does not change!  To be exact, it is God's nature and character that is un-changing. This means that He remains the same throughout the ages. Theologians call this "the immutability of God."  That simply means that God never ever changes. He is un-changing; changeless. He is consistently the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8).  In Malachi 3:6 we are reminded by God, "I am the Lord, I change not.”  He is the one constant we can hold onto in our ever-changing world.

Why is this important to us as Christians? Because it assures us that the following truths are also unchanging or changeless (immutable):

We can be sure of who God is. He is a Holy Father. 1 Sam 2:2 "There is no one Holy like the lord..." In Ps 90:2 we read, "Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God." We can be absolutely sure that He is God! There is no other God.

• We can be sure that God loves us. His love is constant and sure no matter what we are feeling or going through. 1 Chronicles 16:34 and Romans 8:38-39 assures us that we can never be separated from His love. His love is eternal (Psalm 136). His love never ends.

We can be sure that God is powerful and will sustain us in difficult times. Just take a ‘walk’ through Psalm 119 to see how God is with us in affliction and hard times. Ps 4:8 tells us, "In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe."  Ps 147:5 "How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!"

We can be sure that God has a plan for our lives.  Firstly, believe that He has a plan; that it's His desire and intent to prosper us and not harm us, to give us a hope and a future (Jer 29:11-13).  He also has a plan of redemption for us: 1 John 1:9 reminds us that He longs for all people to be rescued from sin and death and be drawn into a living relationship with Him. And then He wants us reaching out to others, sharing His plan of salvation and being part of their journey to right relationship with Him (Matt 18:19-20).

To know that we have an immutable God should bring us great comfort and security. In a constantly changing world, we have this incredible anchor to hold on to.  When we are tossed about on the seas of change that threaten to shipwreck us, we can hold onto the anchor of truth that we are loved and sustained by an unchanging God. 

This all means we can stand with absolute assurance on the truth of Gods unchanging Word. Hear that? His Word never changes. He is not a man that He should lie. What he has said still stands today. It's not archaic and it's certainly not passed its sell by date. He is not a man who is governed by his feelings or who forever changes the absolutes to suit himself. According to many scriptures, his word never changes.  Here is a snapshot of this truth in two scriptures: Psalm 119:89 "Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.” 1 Peter 1:25 "The Word of the Lord endures forever.”

 He is faithful. He is just. He is truth. He is hope. He is our help. He is God, the One we can anchor to and know that He will always be there and will always bring us through. He is immutable; an unchanging God! Hallelujah!